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The conundrum of stock versus bond prices

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  • Maslov, Sergei
  • Roehner, Bertrand M

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In a general way, stock and bond prices do not display any significant correlation. Yet, if we concentrate our attention on the specific episodes marked by a crash followed by a rebound, then we observe that stock prices have a strong connection with interest rates on one hand, and with bond yield spreads on the other hand. That second relationship is particularly stable in the course of time having been observed for over 140 years. Throughout the paper we use a quasi-experimental approach. By observing how markets respond to well-defined exogenous shocks (such as the shock of 11 September 2001) we are able to determine how investors organize their “flight to safety”: which safe haven they select, how long their collective panic lasts, and so on. As rebounds come to an end the correlation of stock and bond prices fades away, a clear sign that the collective behavior of investors loses some of its coherence; this observation can be used as an objective criterion for assessing the end of a market rebound. Based on the behavior of investors, we introduce a distinction between “genuine stock market rallies”, as opposed to spurious rallies such as those brought about by the buyback programs implemented by large companies. The paper ends with a discussion of testable predictions.

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  • Maslov, Sergei & Roehner, Bertrand M, 2004. "The conundrum of stock versus bond prices," Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Elsevier, vol. 335(1), pages 164-182.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:phsmap:v:335:y:2004:i:1:p:164-182
    DOI: 10.1016/j.physa.2003.11.031
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    Cited by:

    1. Mihaela NICOLAU, 2010. "Financial Markets Interactions between Economic Theory and Practice," Economics and Applied Informatics, "Dunarea de Jos" University of Galati, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, issue 2, pages 27-36.
    2. Roehner, Bertrand M., 2005. "Stock markets are not what we think they are: the key roles of cross-ownership and corporate treasury stock," Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Elsevier, vol. 347(C), pages 613-625.

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    Stock prices; Bond prices; Spreads; Stock crashes;

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